Georgia Gay Life – The Nomadic Boys

Georgia Gay Life - The Nomadic Boys

“Georgian dance is based on masculinity. There is no room for weakness in Georgian dance!”
So begins the captivating 2019 gay movie “And Then We Danced”, based on the love affair between Merab and Irakli – dancers training at the National Georgian Ensemble in Tbilisi. Whilst the movie is about the challenges of dealing with homosexuality in a conservative society, at its premiere in downtown Tbilisi in November 2019, violent protests were taking place outside by far-right and religious groups. Thankfully the police kept the peace. But what a huge step forward for an ex-Soviet country, where not too long ago, being gay got you thrown into prison!

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991, Georgia has pushed ahead with progressive laws as it has tried to ally itself more and more with the EU. This has included laws to protect its LGBTQ community, like legalising homosexuality in 2000, and an array of anti-discrimination laws from 2006 onwards. Yet, society remains very conservative. So much so that in 2018, the government passed a constitutional ban on gay marriages.

To put things into perspective, in a survey carried out by the Pew Research Centre in 2015/2016 about the acceptance of homosexuality in East Europe, Georgia ranked as one of the least tolerant, with a whopping 93% of the people polled saying homosexuality should not be accepted by society.

About Georgia Gay Life

We absolutely loved Georgia. It’s a stunning country with mountains, beaches, delicious foods, wines and a rich cultural heritage to discover. We were excited to experience all of this and we were not disappointed.

We were also fully aware of the country’s “struggle” (to put it mildly!) with LGBTQ rights before going. We knew we had to be cautious about PDAs. But we never had problems finding gay friendly hotels and even discovered lots of gay hangouts, including the famous Bassiani. The people we met were only ever super sweet and welcoming, and we loved them! But this is from our perspective as a gay couple travelling in Georgia. We wanted to get an idea of what things are really like from a local, so we got our friend Giorgi from Tbilisi to tell us more in this interview about Georgia gay life.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Gay Tbilisi – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Tbilisi - The Nomadic Boys

That Soviet hangover, so prevalent amongst gay bars and clubs across East Europe and Russia: your entry based solely on a bouncer’s snap decision as to whether you’re cool or hip enough to enter inside.

Yet in Tbilisi, it’s also a way the club bouncers and promoters monitor who comes inside in order to prevent any violent homophobic clashes happening.

Face control aside, we completely fell in love with Tbilisi, as do most travellers who visit, both gay and straight. This is a city with a crumbling, yet super picturesque old town – Instagram opportunities abound on every other street corner. There is an evolving queer scene with a super active LGBTQ community, growing massively in confidence by the minute! Tbilisi’s also super cheap, making it a popular base with many expats, digital nomads and property developers looking for the next big “up and coming” investment base in East Europe.

We came to gay Tbilisi to celebrate my birthday and quickly fell in love. This is a city you will want to return to, and for good reason. We know we will! 

We’ve put together our gay guide to Tbilisi based on our first-hand experience and embellished with other nuggets of information passed on to us by gay locals we met along the way.

Is Tbilisi gay friendly?

Compared to Barcelona, Berlin and Amsterdam, not really, no! But compared to the rest of Georgia and most other places in East Europe, we say a big ‘hell yeah!’ It’s all a matter of perspective of course. As a country, Georgia is renowned for being quite homophobic, largely because of the strong influence of the extremely conservative (and backwards!) Orthodox Church.

However, as a gay couple in Tbilisi, we were surprised by how more liberal and progressive the city is in comparison to the rest of the country. There is not only a growing queer scene here (including the largest gay club in the Caucasus), an annual Pride event, but thanks to the rise in tourism, more and more hotels are embracing LGBTQ travellers.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

The Georgia Waterfall Trail – 2TravelDads

The Georgia Waterfall Trail - 2TravelDads

Okay, we made this name up, but it’s a thing now. There are so many breathtaking waterfalls in North Georgia, we need to share how you can easily visit as many waterfalls as fit into your travel schedule. We’ll start in the east and head west as we go, but you can plan your adventure however you like.

We stayed in Clarksville, Georgia for our most recent trip around North Georgia. It’s a cute town right at the edge of the Appalachians and is perfect for a homebase for a North Georgia outdoors adventure.

The first of the Georgia waterfall trail that we’re directing you to is Toccoa Falls. About twenty minutes from Clarksville, the town is small, but cute. Toccoa Falls itself is actually located on the campus of an evangelical Christian college, but all are welcome to visit the falls. There is an entry fee for non-students and non-alumni, but it’s only a few dollars and to get to do a nice, short hike and enjoy the falls, it’s worth it.

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Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Atlanta’s Dinosaur Museum – 2TravelDads

Fernbank Museum of Natural History - 2TravelDads

We visit Atlanta quite a bit since we have family in Georgia, and we’re always looking for new things to do with the kids. On this last trip, we finally got to visit a dinosaur museum: Atlanta’s Fernbank Museum of Natural History. It was the perfect addition to a family trip to Atlanta.

After six or seven trips we’re always looking for something new, so it’s refreshing to find dinosaurs in Atlanta. The Fernbank Museum is more than dinosaurs though, and we loved it all!

Locale of the Fernbank Museum

There are actually a few really cool sites in the proximity of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Between downtown Atlanta and the Fernbank there is the MLK National Historic Site and Sweet Auburn neighborhood, Piedmont Park, and the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. There is also the Path, a long interurban trail for biking, running and walking, connecting the Druid Hills area to downtown.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

Georgia Gay Travel Resources

 

Roussell’s Garden B&B – Savannah Gay Bed & Breakfast

Roussell's Garden B&B

The stately 1888 Queen Anne style home in Savannah, offers 3 guest rooms located upstairs, and 1 on the first floor.

A side porch awaits you outside, and a touch of the curved wooden banister of the elegant staircase, inside, will make you feel this home is alive, as it radiates warmth and a welcome.

See the Roussell’s Garden B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Georgia Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Los Robles, LLC – Savannah, Georgia

Los Robles, LLC

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Los Robles was built in 1905 by a rice baron and has weathered many lives since the family left the house in the 1950’s. Richard & Robert bought the house in 2003 and named it Los Robles (Spanish for The Oaks).

They began hosting guests in December, 2010 and today Los Robles has three bedrooms for guests (two queen bedrooms and one king bedroom) that share two baths on the second floor.

The first floor offers guests a large parlor living room and a smaller library for relaxation and reading, a grand dining room and a front palazzo to enjoy the outside. Kitchen facilities are not available to guests.

Savannah, GA (1733) is probably the most beautiful historic small city in the United States. Los Robles (1905) is a historic residence in the Victorian/Thomas Square district of downtown Savannah, just 1.7 miles from River Street and the Savannah River. Between Los Robles and the river you can explore Forsyth Park and the Landmark Historic District laid out in a logical grid of over 20 squares. The only city in the world designed this way.

Savannah offers many varied restaurants and drinking establishments (Savannah is the Hostess City of the South), great shopping and you may carry your drink on the streets between stops. Trolly tours, carriage tours, bike and walking tours of the city’s history and sights are always available as well as many ghost tours (Savannah is the most haunted city in the USA). A stay of at least two to three days is recommended to take in the full beauty and charm of Savannah.

Come and immerse yourself in a city of history, beautiful architecture, Live Oak tress dripping with Spanish Moss and Southern Hospitality at Los Robles.

See the Los Robles, LLC Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Georgia.

Adorable Treehouse – Savannah, Georgia

Adorable Treehouse Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: This beautiful vacation rental suite is located right on Park Ave. in Historic Savannah, GA. This luxurious rental has 2 bedrooms as well as a sofa in the family room, and can sleep up to 4 people. Take in all the sights and sounds that Historic Savannah, Georgia has to offer, or take it easy in our comfortable lounge chairs in the private courtyard. After a day of sightseeing, you’ll be happy to come back to this little bungalow. This lovely home is smack dab in the middle of everything that is Savannah. The parks, the incredible food. River street. Everything is just a stone’s throw away. Come stay in our lovely well-lit courtyard covered with banana plants, bamboo (for privacy), tropical plants and Southern Georgia foliage. Our quaint little suite is like an island oasis on Park Ave. Private and away from the hustle and bustle, you will forget you are in the thick of things. Apart from the beauty and sophistication of this gentle bungalow is the Savannah night life. Just a 15 minute walk to downtown and you will find yourself among the historic charm and happenings in this lovely coastal city. And, if you prefer not to walk Uber is just $4.50 one way, be sure to tip your driver.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Georgia

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Tripping through Tbilisi

Tbilisi If I had a coin for every time I explained I was traveling to Georgia The Republic of, not the US state I’d be a wealthy man. Admittedly, to many Westerners it’s not high on the bucket list, overshadowed by higher-profile neighbours Turkey and Russia. But following a invitation from a friend to visit him in his newly-rented apartment in Tbilisi, I felt instantly curious and torn. It’s legal to be gay in Georgia, but the country is so entrenched in Orthodox Christianity that LGBTI people are often victims of abuse and violence. When it comes to where queer travelers in the West choose to vacation, many of us vote with our wallets, supporting the economies of well-catalogued gay-friendly destinations, such as Sitges or Mykonos. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

By Clark Turner – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Girl's Weekend in Savannah, Georgia

Photo courtesy of VisitHistoricSavannah.com Photo courtesy of VisitHistoricSavannah.com[/caption]What would you do if you had less than 48 hours in a city you’ve never visited before? Oh, and 28 of those hours are dedicated to an organization you adore. If you’re like me, you vow to give your best at the meetings, soak in as much as you can when you’re free – and save sleeping for the flight home. A weekend trip to Savannah with girlfriends proved there’s a whole lot to do in this sweet southern belle of a city. Thankfully, the ladies I travel with live by my philosophy and we packed in a lot of fun during our short time together. If you’re considering a trip to Savannah, feel free to follow our 7-step plan to discovering Savannah. Step 1 Leave home as early as possible so you’ll arrive in time to enjoy lunch on River Street in the Historic District. While it may mean dragging yourself out of bed at the crack of stupid, you’ll be thankful to have a full day ahead of you when you land.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

Georgia Gay Travel Resources

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Hotel Tybee – Gay Friendly Hotel on Tybee Island, Georgia

Hotel Tybee Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The best location on Tybee Island, Savannah’s Beach, Hotel Tybee is ideally located just steps from the beach, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. With 208 guestrooms with private balconies, on site restaurant, lounge, two outdoor pools, meeting and event space, Hotel Tybee has been hosting memorable vacations for generations.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Georgia

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